Thanks to donor support, the campaign is strengthening SMU's faculty and academic programs.
June 10, 2010
Less than two years since the launch of its public phase, The Second Century Campaign is having a profound effect on every aspect of the University, including faculty and academic excellence, one of the campaign’s three overarching priorities. New endowments for schools, departments, faculty positions and academic programs are enhancing SMU’s ability to support teaching and research that prepares students to meet the most pressing challenges facing the nation and the world.
The campaign has been successful in naming two schools: the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, which is at the forefront of efforts to reform American education; and the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering, which has pioneered a new model for training engineers as leaders and strategic thinkers prepared to take on society’s toughest problems. The campaign has also made possible the naming of the Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences in Dedman College. The department’s many research initiatives range from the mapping of U.S. geothermal resources to analyzing the causes and effects of earthquakes.
Endowments creating new institutes or academic centers enable SMU to focus on specialized areas of inquiry. Thus far, the campaign has provided permanent endowments for four such institutes or
centers. They include:
Endowed faculty positions strengthen and expand academic offerings and support the creation of new knowledge through research. Thus far in the campaign SMU has established 17 new faculty position endowments, leaving 21 positions still to be endowed to reach the University’s goal of 100. A brief list of examples demonstrates the academic range of these positions:
The Second Century Campaign also is supporting creation of Centers of Excellence in which one or more donors provide blended investment for endowed faculty positions, research endowments and graduate fellowships within targeted departments. This approach follows the model of the C. Vincent Prothro Biological Sciences Initiative, which played a central role in enhancing Dedman College’s Biology Department.
Finally, a great university requires state-of-the-art facilities, classrooms and equipment to support learning and research. Thus far, the campaign has made possible the construction or renovation of six academic facilities, including: